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Part two of a 3 part series, this article dives into 5 unique ways to make authenticity a part of your family vocabulary through conversation and activity.
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If you missed the first article in this series, click here to brush up on the definition and importance of authenticity – and learn the
most fundamental way to encourage it in your child - then come back and read up on these helpful tips!
These 5 tips are flexible to accommodate your unique child,
so have fun and most of all, remember, this concept of being authentic is best
learned with you as a partner.
Taslim is the voice behind the blog Let ME Out!!, author of various works including her creativity and self-discovery workbooks, and creator of Make-A-Wave Cards found here. She is happiest being with her husband and three children, living their motto: Keeping Up with the Jaffers, not the Joneses. She fills her days cranking out articles, reading historical fiction and fundraising for the literary arts in between all the things that make her Mommy. (P.S. If you see someone dancing to her own steps in Zumba class, that would be Taslim!)
Wow! Great article. Authenticity is a great topic for family discussion. I really love your idea about making up a motto. I may have to steal that idea, Taslim! :)
Posted by Annie on Nov 6, 11:49 a.m. |
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"I am the best ME there is!"
Now, that is the best motto I have ever heard -- because it doesn't try to force you into being or beating someone else. And in fact, nobody can be you better than you can.
In my view, this beats the cross-generational training in setting your emotions aside to make a decision.
There is some value in being able to analyze a problem intellectually. But feelings do and should have an important role in all decision-making.
Children are very empathetic and identify with every hurt puppy or fallen bird. Infusing that empathy with good analysis in decision making can really benefit boys and girls. Do you think that a boy with empathy would grow up into a man that beats his wife? I seriously doubt it. But failing to beat her wouldn't be out of fear of getting caught. It would be out of authenticity -- out of knowing who he is as a person and being secure with it.
Posted by Andrea R on Nov 6, 2:43 p.m. |
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Hi Annie - go ahead! It's not stealing :) These suggestions are for whoever likes 'em! Hi Andrea - those are some really great points. I love the remark about empathy + analysis = good decision making. Thank you both for your comments!
Posted by Taslim J on Nov 6, 5:39 p.m. |
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